Steps You Can Take to Remain Safe While Motorcycling in Georgia
Given the combination of beautiful landscapes and warm summer weather, it is not surprising that Georgians love to take their motorcycles out on the open road. However, the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents is alarming, and not surprisingly, increasingly on the rise across the United States. According to national highway statistics, over forty percent of two-vehicle motorcycle collisions involving death are caused by the failure of the other driver to see the motorcyclist.
Given the combination of high speeds and the difficulty that drivers often face in spotting motorcyclists - especially on Georgia highways - it is clear that accidents are highly likely. What, then, can you do to prevent a collision while still enjoying the benefits of motorcycling?
- Wear a helmet and protective gear. While we can totally relate to the feeling of the wind on the open road- No matter what, wearing a helmet is truly a no brainer, as helmets often mean the difference between life and death. Otherwise stated, wearing a helmet is the most important step you should take before getting on your bike. In addition to wearing a helmet, protective gear such as leather clothing is also helpful to not only protect you from the elements such as wind and sun exposure, but it can also prevent road rash and other serious conditions should you fall off your motorcycle. Taking these precautions will certainly make for a more enjoyable and much safer ride.
- Be patient and follow the rules of the road. While it is a lot easier for a motorcyclist to get away with weaving in and out of slow moving traffic and also, driving between vehicle lanes, you must follow the regular rules of the road. If you fail to adhere to the road rules, you may be putting yourself at great risk of injury or death, especially since other drivers may not see you. Overall, be patient and wait the traffic out like everyone else. Be sure to exercise extreme caution when changing lanes and again, don’t drive between vehicle lanes to get ahead. It is not worth it to jeopardize your safety and well-being.
- Get yourself noticed. It cannot be underscored enough that other drivers are less likely to see motorcyclists, so take whatever measures are necessary to become noticed. This includes using hand signals, wearing reflective gear, and also, following the rules of the road that make it more likely to be visible to other drivers.
- Keep your motorcycle in good repair. No one wants to even think about dealing with a tire blow out or some other mechanical issue while driving a motorcycle in the middle of a busy highway. As such, it is crucial to inspect your bike regularly to make sure that it is well-maintained and free to potential hazards.
While taking the above precautions is extremely important, if you are ever hurt in a motorcycle accident it is essential to speak with an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney who can properly advise you of the legal aspects in successfully bringing forth a motorcycle accident claim. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia personal injury law firm has been successfully representing motorcycle accident victims located throughout the Atlanta area, as well as all areas throughout Georgia and the Southeast for 30 years. We offer clients a commitment to fighting for their legal rights and taking the steps that are necessary to get them the compensation they deserve.
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assists motorcycle accident victims located throughout the state of Georgia and all over the Southeast. Regardless of where you are located, our attorneys are always available by phone, and we will even visit you if you cannot come to us. To schedule a free confidential case evaluation, you can call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.